The old Cafe Valentino was a firm favourite and it’s good to have it reincarnated in St Asaph Street. Despite being Christmas Eve there was plenty of parking nearby. The new venue, like so many others, has the air of being a converted warehouse – I think it’s the bracing in the ceiling that gives this look. It’s a much more open area than the old cafe. They managed to retrieve most of the signed posters from the old building and it’s good to see these on the walls again. The place was buzzing and full, but at least a third of the diners left by 8pm. I guess they were going home to await Santa, or maybe to enjoy Carols by Candlelight.
I had a delicious loin of Oxford Lamb, served with my favourite ratatouille and mash. Stephen enjoyed a Margherita Pizza from their wood-fired oven. We finished with a rich chocolate cake, then went home to sleep it off (and wait for Santa).
“At Cafe Valentino we’ve
enjoyed a meal on Christmas Eve.”